OPINION: She came to me as if in a dream. She was beckoning and calling to me like a pixie vixen, tempting me to move away from the House of Waikato. She wanted me to surrender and be with her kind. But where was she from? Was she real? A fantasy? A sorcerer’s trick? What game was she on and how could mere mortals play?
When Matt Hanna was in the room, he was a notable presence nobody could neglect.
OPINION: There's a fabric that runs, invisible, through our society. It holds together all other strands of life. But because we've never had to weave life without it, we don't realise how our world would crumble in its absence.
OPINION: Denise Irvine had a great time at the Auckland Writers Festival, but finds a few participants didn't quite mind their manners.
OPINION: Richard Swainson has again judged regional entries for the 48 Hour film competition, and again been astounded by the entries.
OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.
OPINION: Teachers make a difference to young people's lives every day. There ought to be people queuing up to get into the classroom.
OPINION: Recent news that yet another New Zealander is on trial for drug trafficking in an Asian country and faces the possibility of the death sentence should be a very loud wake-up call here for those tempted to get involved in the trafficking business no matter how big potential rewards.
It's not looking good. The Prime Minister's strange flag-changing barrow is starting to wobble and could yet end up falling flat.
OPINION: Joshua Drummond finds a perfect way to engage children's imagination.
OPINION: It came as a shock to me to learn Prince Harry is sadly lacking in his knowledge of the Spice Girls.
OPINION: Dear Denise,
OPINION: What's left of Passing Red should serve as to remind the council and staff of how badly they failed the city with their grand plans.
Kerry Allan McKinley, 1950-2015
OPINION: We all – especially those with baser instincts – love a scrap. Schoolkids race in from far-flung boundaries of the playground to witness a fight. Is this what broadcasting has finally come down to? What next? Reality TV breakups and divorces?
OPINION: The taxi driver I’m watching doesn’t seem to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Financial teacher Dave Ramsey is well known for his saying; “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.”
It's time to step back and celebrate the woman we call mum.
OPINION: Until there's a right to bear arms in the Waikato, we will continue to sleep safe in our beds.
OPINION: Hamilton is humming right now. That sweet sound in the wheels is the vibrant, spirited song of the visual arts.
Bob Kyd was popular all his life.
OPINION: Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been learning a new language.
OPINION: Over the past weekend, an estimated 40,000 people were out in the swamps and wetlands for the opening of the duck-shooting season and I was one of them.
OPINION: Justice is a harsh thing sometimes. Never is it harsher than when crime meets the ultimate punishment, as it did this week in Indonesia.
OPINION: Growing up, while contemporaries indulged every ghastly musical trend of the moment, my attention was on the movie stars of yesteryear.
OPINION: It’s that time of year when grown men play dress ups with loaded guns.
OPINION: Not seeing the good stuff in Hamilton is "a big miss", Denise Irvine writes.
Chopsticks: "Food tastes better with chopsticks." Prawn paste: "It's a bit stinky but it makes such a difference to the nasi goring." This was from-the-heart advice from Flo Lim to generations of Fraser High School night classes on Asian cooking. Flo would have known. She was Kiwi to the back teeth but totally loyal to her Chinese culture.
OPINION: I’m not going to say I enjoyed reading Hamilton City Council’s 10-year plan. But I will say that this is the best effort at summarising a complex situation I’ve seen.Kudos to the council fortrying to freshen up attempts to interest the community by simplifying the financial outlook into three clear options and replacing dull soul destroying hearings with three meetings.